Historical Synagogues in Prague:
Prague, Czech Republic

 

In 1952 Mordecai Maisel, the Mayor of the Prague Jewish Town built the Maisel SynagogueThe original synagogue burnt down in the ghetto fire of 1689 and was rebuilt several times. The Maisel Synagogue has a collection of rare objects and touch screens showing old Hebrew manuscripts. There is also an option of searching the museum’s database for information on prominent Jewish figures.

Built in 1535, the Pinkas Synagogue is the second oldest preserved synagogue in Prague and was founded by Aaron Meshulam Horowitz. It was located near a mikve (ritual bath) and was a house of prayer for the Horowitz Family. It was restored to its original form in 1950-54. The Pinkas Synagogue was designated as a memorial to the nearly 80,000 Jewish Bohemian and Moravian victims of the Holocaust. In 1968, after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the memorial was closed.  It was reopened in 1996. The Memorial is extremely emotional. There are children’s drawings that were created in the ghetto between 1942 and 1944. Most of those perished in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The only way to describe the inscription on the wall naming each of the victims that perished in the Holocaust is powerful. From afar it is not obvious what is written on the wall, but when you get close, you see real names of actual people.

The Klausen synagogue is the largest Synagogue of old Prague. It was the Prague Jewish Community’s second main synagogue and a number of its prominent rabbis served here. A  Yeshivah (Talmudic school) that was founded by the famous Rabbi Loew and two other buildings stood at the site until the ghetto fire of 1689. The Klausen Synagogue was erected on the site in 1694.The Klausen Synagogue was also used as a place of prayer by the Prague Burial Society.The Klausen Synagogue exhibits focus on showing and explaining all about Jewish life and the Jewish lifestyle.The exhibit continues in the Ceremonial Hall near the Old Jewish Cemetery.

The Spanish Synagogue was built in 1868 for the local Reform congregation on the site of the 12th-century Altschul, which was the oldest synagogue in the Prague ghetto. It is the most recent synagogue in the Prague.

It was called the Spanish Synagogue for its impressive Moorish interior design. The Spanish Synagogue has exhibits of the second part of the history of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia. Located on the upper floor is an exhibition that features a representative selection of more than 200 valuable silver artifacts.

 

Posted: January 2, 2017

 

Address:

Information and Reservation Centre

Maiselova 38/15

110 00 Praha 1-Josefov, Czechia

 

Phone Number:

+420 222 317 191

 

Hours:

The museum’s visitor sites – monuments, permanent exhibitions and the Robert Guttmann Gallery – are open every day except Saturdays and the Jewish holidays:

1 January – 24 March 2017: 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

26 March – 27 October 2017: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

29 October – 31 December 2017: 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

24 December 2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Website: https://www.jewishmuseum.cz/

 

Price:

Tickets can be purchased at the museum’s Information and Reservation Centre, the Spanish Synagogue, the Klausen Synagogue and the Pinkas Synagogue, or you can visit our e-shop. The Information and Reservation Centre also accepts credit cards and payments in EUR.
Tickets are valid for 7 days.
The sale of tickets ends 30 minutes before closing time.

There are various options of combo tickets to the many different Jewish sites.

 

PRAGUE JEWISH TOWN

Maisel Synagogue Pinkas Synagogue Old Jewish Cemetery Klausen Synagogue / Ceremonial Hall /Spanish Synagogue / Old-New Synagogue + temporary exhibitions in the Robert Guttmann Gallery

Each ticket is valid for seven consecutive days from first use. Each site can be visited only once.

Adults: CZK 500

Children aged 6-15, students under 26: CZK 340

Children under 6free

 

Family tickets (2 adults and up to 4 children):

Adults: CZK 500

Children aged 6-15: CZK 160

Children under 6: free

 

JEWISH MUSEUM IN PRAGUE

Maisel Synagogue Pinkas Synagogue Old Jewish Cemetery Klausen Synagogue / Ceremonial Hall /Spanish Synagogue + temporary exhibitions in the Robert Guttmann Gallery

Each ticket is valid for seven consecutive days from first use. Each site can be visited only once.

Adults: CZK 330

Children aged 6-15, students under 26CZK 220

Children under 6: free

 

Family tickets (2 adults and up to 4 children):

Adults: CZK 330

Children aged 6-15: CZK 100

Children under 6: free



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